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One osage orange per room also (allegedly) drives cockroaches away in droves. http://ow.ly/iHCs

Thomas Price

Horses seem to like the osage orange. When I rode quite a bit as a child, my pony would always stop at the osage orange tree to nibble at the fruit. That is why they are also called "horse apples". Cows will also eat the fallen apples. However, I have heard of horses and cattle both choking on them while trying to eat them whole.


I am just looking into osage oranges, since i have a tree of my own and they are dropping everywhere, I will definitely bring a few in to get rid of spiders and so forth, thanks for the info

Dave Cook

Update: In autumn I found an abundance of fallen fruit and stowed some in my kitchen. Over the course of several weeks the oranges shriveled, the color faded to black, and the aroma disappeared, but my few roaches did not. I removed and discarded four oranges and wiped clean the spots where they had settled, but I have the nagging feeling that I'd started with five.

Joyce Duke

Looked out my back door a few years ago to find a horse eating horse apples off my trees. His two owners who had found him there said he loved them and would always run away to find them when they fell off trees. This is the only time I ever saw any creature eat them.

bob raymond

There is a recipe for BBQ Bodock Balls
in the book "Down Here Men Don't Cook".

Dave Cook

Speaking of:



I have been tempted by their beautiful aroma when they get ripe and did wonder if something extinct loved to eat them. I couldn't bring myself to taste one. I'm waiting until Andrew Zimmern eats one.


Is that recipe a joke? It certainly sounds like it's from a man who doesn't cook...


I work on a ranch in west central alabama and there are over 50 trees on just 60 acres. Our horses love them. From eating the leaves to the fruits. Science has proven it slows or rather consistently stops pancreatic or prostate cancer. I feed our half of one each once a week. It seems to regulate their stomachs and give them some energy.

Dave Cook

I don't know of any peer-reviewed papers in which "science has proven [that eating an osage orange] slows or rather consistently stops pancreatic or prostate cancer." If you have access to any such research, please share.

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